Virtual reality helps new recruits prepare for move to England
A new virtual reality app - developed in partnership by the GMC and NHS England - is giving international doctors a taste of work inside an English GP practice, without having to catch a flight.
The app, Patient journey to GP practice, aims to reach the growing number of international doctors joining the UK register or considering a future move to England and encourages them to apply GMC guidance to a range of ethical scenarios.
The 360-degree interactive video follows a patient through their interactions with the multidisciplinary team; from the moment they make a first appointment with their GP surgery, through to end of life care.
"You can tell a doctor about good practice, but it’s far more beneficial if we can show them. By using this app, doctors not only hear the theory, they see it modelled."
GMC E-learning Consultant
Putting emphasis on patient-centred care, doctors are asked to listen to the patient and respond to ethical questions throughout their journey.
App developer, GMC E-learning Consultant Nick Moseley, said it was the first time the GMC had used virtual reality as an education tool.
‘It’s been exciting to see doctors engage with this technology and get immersed in this new type of learning experience.
‘You can tell a doctor about good practice, but it’s far more beneficial if we can show them. By using this app, doctors not only hear the theory, they see it modelled'.
GMC International GP Recruitment Programme Training and Development Manager, Kim Tolley, said:
‘The NHS is a world-renowned employer which continues to attract talented staff from across the globe. We hope this app will help international doctors understand the important role of GPs in the UK and how beneficial it can be to work in a supportive multidisciplinary team'.
The GMC and NHS England have been working to expand their support for international doctors transitioning to UK practice. Earlier this year, the GMC launched skype broadcast sessions to help participants understand the complexities of the NHS, using real-life situations.
And its free Welcome to UK Practice workshops, run in London, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh attract thousands of new joiners each year.
Dr Mehreen Tahir, Clinical Lead for the International GP Recruitment Programme at NHS England and NHS Improvement London said:
‘It has been great working in partnership with the GMC to develop this virtual reality app that was filmed at the practice where I work in Raynes Park, South London.
‘I am proud of being a GP in the NHS and it has been exciting to use this technology to promote the importance of the patient journey, something I feel is vital for GPs who are new to UK practice’.
Doctors can also join our skype broadcasts by emailing IGPRGMC@gmc-uk.org.